Tornado touches down in Wyoming

2014-05-23T14:53:00Z 2014-05-24T00:16:06Z Tornado touches down in WyomingCasper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette
May 23, 2014 2:53 pm  • 

CASPER, Wyo. — A tornado touched down on Casper Mountain at 1:38 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Riverton.

Two separate touchdowns were reported by multiple witnesses and Natrona County Emergency Management, the service confirmed. No injuries have been reported and there are no reports of damage as of about 2:30 p.m.

According to meteorologist Kelly Allen with the National Weather Service, initial reports indicated that the tornado traveled through an area of the mountain believed to be largely inaccessible to the public.

Natrona County Emergency Management Administration Coordinator Stew Anderson said there was a third-party report that the tornado may have crossed over Casper Mountain Road. He said that he saw the tornado a few miles west of the road in an area mostly inaccessible due to snow on the mountain.

Anderson said deputies are working to locate the area the tornado may have traveled through.

The National Weather Service suspects the tornado touched down briefly the first time and for about two minutes the second time it

contacted the ground, Allen said.

She said wind speed is determined by analyzing damage on the ground.

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